A year-long reflection as your 2016 ASBA President


Each successive year we live is a smaller percentage of our whole lives. That’s why every year seems to go faster than the year before. Case in point: my year as the President of ASBA. Indeed, the time flew. We did some exciting and important things. And, we did them together.

The year of 2016 will be remembered for the passage of Proposition 123, a victory for public education. While the agreement was arguably imperfect, and the settlement of the lawsuit “just the beginning,” by passing 123, Arizonans showed once again that they are willing to invest in the future of our children and our state. I watched many of you advocate across the state – online and in-person, and was moved by your passion and conviction. Now we hear stories of raises, buses, textbooks and all variety of needs that funds from 123 will address. I am grateful for the hard work that led to the settlement, proud of our accomplishment passing the proposition, and inspired to keep pressing forward for adequate funding for our schools.

ASBA is facing the future with a focus on what we can do here in Arizona to ensure excellent schools for all kids. This year the association updated and energized a vision and mission that more clearly defines who we are, what we do and what drives us to pursue excellence for kids and our communities. We fortified our commitment to diversity and equity. We updated the format of our political agenda, and worked hard to ensure that your voices – from every corner of the state – are heard loud and clear. We hope you are taking advantage of the increasingly popular AZEdNews and the new ASBA Connect e-newsletter, and we hope you have found useful the tools and talking points from our webinars and email alerts. Our timely and reliable policy updates continue to keep your district current on new legislation, and increasingly ensure that you are prepared to address sensitive issues.

There are some new faces on staff at ASBA and as the new year begins, many of our counties will have new representation on the ASBA Board of Directors. They are excited and raring to go. Help them help you by reaching out and making your district and your issues known.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as the 2016 President of ASBA. I will cherish the experience and mark it as a touchstone in my life’s work to promote and enhance public school districts. I hope to see all of you at this year’s Annual Conference taking place December 14-16 at the Biltmore Conference Center.
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NEW Dec. 6 Webinar: Prop. 206 in Arizona’s public schools

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Register for the Prop. 206 webinar taking place on December 6 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. This webinar will cover all aspects of the recently passed Prop. 206 which will incrementally increase Arizona’s minimum wage to $12.00 an hour and guarantees sick leave for Arizona workers. Of particular focus, will be the types of positions that may be impacted in Arizona’s schools such as substitute teachers, food service workers, after school programs and preschool age programs and landscaping maintenance. We will also cover the new Exempt Minimum Salary Guidelines put out by the U.S. Department of Labor to determine whether certain employees are owed overtime pay for hours worked more than 40 in each week. Our presenters, John Richardson of the DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy law firm and Tom Pickrell, General Counsel of Mesa Public Schools, are experts in school employment law and have a wealth of practical experience in working with school districts.

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Which school districts already voted on ASBA bylaws?

bylawsLast month, all ASBA members were mailed a packet of information regarding proposed changes to ASBA’s bylaws. On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, member districts received an electronic link to vote on these changes. Online voting will remain open through 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2016. Click here to view which districts already submitted their vote. Prior to voting, your board must consider and vote on these changes at a regularly scheduled board meeting. This email serves as a reminder to calendar this for one of your regular board meetings between now and the close of voting on Dec. 5. All ASBA district member boards are strongly encouraged to exercise their ASBA membership rights and participate in voting.

If you have any questions about voting, please call Kristi Sisk at 602.254.1100 or email.

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